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Hot Flashes: Food Triggers, How Long They Last & Natural Therapies

focus on self-care during menopause healthy lifestyle habits Apr 02, 2024

Hot flashes can be incredibly frustrating and uncomfortable.. Am I right?

I never thought hot flashes would be a daily part of my life. As a woman over 45, these sudden episodes of warmth would leave me feeling physically and emotionally overwhelmed, making me not want to leave the comfort of my home.

You may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night feeling like you’ve been thrown into an oven or sitting through a business meeting suddenly drenched in sweat.

There are many natural therapies to help with your hot flashes and it helps if you know which foods trigger them so you can avoid some of the discomfort they bring.

To get things started here, we’ll take a look at what exactly hot flashes are, talk about food triggers that can contribute to their intensity and length, as well as provide information on how long they last & various natural remedies to manage them.

So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and let's dive right into bringing your body temperature down for good!


Potential Food Triggers Linked to Hot Flashes 

I've noticed that spicy foods or curries, always seem to trigger my hot flash within minutes after consuming them. Caffeine is another culprit; a simple cup of coffee in the morning can lead to waves of heat throughout the day.

I feel you on this one, I love my Nespresso machine. 

It was frustrating, as these were all things I enjoyed, but the aftermath was too much to handle. So I had to cut back until I got control of my body.

Alcohol, although enjoyable, does often lead to a restless, and sweaty night so if you're having a glass try having it early in the day and not exceeding 1 cup. I've also observed in my body, sugar and processed foods seem to have a cumulative effect. Meaning they build up over time and causing frequent and intense hot flashes.

Avoidance of these trigger foods, is not easy.

There are some foods which have the opposite effect and can help to alleviate hot flashes. I've found that foods high in phytoestrogens, like soybeans and flaxseed, can help to balance out hormones and reduce hot flashes. Foods with a high water content, like cucumber and watermelon, can also help to cool down the body and lessen the intensity of a hot flash.

At the end of the day, your body is complex and unique, and what works for one woman may not work for you. However, it's worth taking the time to listen to your body and observe how it responds to foods you consume. By paying attention to your individual needs, you can reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and feel more comfortable and confident in your skin.

Decoding Hot Flashes: Exploring Their Essence and Duration

So, let's get real about hot flashes. As someone who has experienced them firsthand, I can tell you they are no joke. That internal heat that rises up and makes you feel like you're living in a tropical rainforest? Yeah, that's hot flashes.

And they're not just a minor inconvenience. Up to 75% of women experience them during perimenopause and menopause. So here's the deal. When you have a hot flash, it's like a sudden rush of heat that overtakes your body.

It happens because your blood vessels near the skin's surface dilate, which increases blood flow and causes that sudden feeling of warmth.

And it's not just a quick thing either.

Hot flashes can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, and some women experience them multiple times a day.

It's not just the physical sensations that are challenging. Hot flashes can be disruptive to your daily life too.

When you're out and about or in the middle of a meeting, the last thing you want is to be dripping with sweat and unable to concentrate because of the internal heat.

But, here are things you can do to manage them:

  • dress in layers so you can peel them off as needed
  • keep a fan nearby, and stay hydrated all the time
  • avoid or minimize triggers like spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol

So if you're experiencing hot flashes, know that you're not alone. But also know that there are plenty of ways to manage hot flashes so you can keep enjoying life despite the heat. If you want more information on navigating the transition into menopause and understanding the associated symptoms, don’t miss our free guide: "My Secrets to Overcoming Menopause Fatigue". 


Strategies for Managing Hot Flashes Through Nutrition

Adding specific nutrients to my diet has proven remarkably impactful. I've learned that incorporating phytoestrogen-rich foods like soy products, flaxseeds, and chickpeas can simulate estrogen's effects in the body, lessening hot flashes.

For instance, I enjoy tossing roasted chickpeas into my salads for a delightful crunch and hormone-balancing benefits.

Another beneficial nutrient is vitamin E, known to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes. Almonds and spinach are excellent sources. Personally, I incorporate this by snacking on almonds or adding spinach to my morning smoothies for my daily dose of vitamin E.

In my experience, adjusting my diet has significantly alleviated my hot flash symptoms. While it might require some experimentation to discover the ideal food combinations that suit you, the endeavor is certainly worthwhile for a greater sense of comfort and empowerment.Natural Herbal Solutions for Easing Hot Flashes

When I started experiencing hot flashes during menopause, I felt like I was going crazy! The sudden waves of heat that would wash over my body, leaving me feeling sweaty and uncomfortable.

But after doing some research and trying out different natural remedies, I found that some herbs really worked for me.

  • Black cohosh was a game-changer - I started taking it as a supplement and quickly noticed a reduction in the frequency and intensity of my hot flashes.
  • Red clover was another herb that helped regulate my hormone levels and ease my symptoms.
  • Sage tea and as an essential oil really did bring me some much-needed relief.

Throughout my menopausal journey, I grappled with the discomfort and inconvenience of hot flashes. Despite having access to pharmaceutical remedies, I chose natural therapies to sidestep potential side effects.

Mindfulness meditation helped control my symptoms by harnessing the power of my mind. Additionally, acupuncture provided relief by stimulating specific points on my body.

Flaxseed was also a game-changer for me as it is rich in phytoestrogens that helped balance my hormones and alleviate hot flashes. Incorporating these natural remedies into my daily routine has made all the difference in beating the heat and staying cool during menopause.

Hot flashes, an uncomfortable menopausal symptom, need not be a lifelong burden. Yet, they can cast a shadow over this phase of life, making it seem like a monumental hurdle.

That’s why it’s important to take a holistic approach to mitigating the effects of hot flashes with my favorite 4 lifestyle gems:

  1. Making dietary adjustments can alleviate hot flashes. To minimize their occurrence, steer clear of consuming spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol on a daily basis.
  2. Effective stress management techniques can alleviate hot flashes by soothing the mind and body, fostering relaxation and equilibrium.
  3. Adequate sleep plays a crucial role in managing hot flashes, regulating hormones, and boosting overall health.
  4. Certain herbal supplements like black cohosh, red clover, and evening primrose oil have demonstrated effectiveness in easing hot flashes for certain women.

Every woman's experience with menopause is unique. What works for one may not work for another. It's crucial to tune in to your body and find what truly fits you best.

Empower yourself to confidently navigate hot flashes and regain control of your well-being in this transitional phase. Embrace these lifestyle strategies to ease discomfort and fully engage in the transformative menopausal journey.

The idea is to find the natural therapies that work best for you and your body type. Taking a mindful approach to managing hot flashes may require trial-and-error experimentation.

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